1.4" Multicolored Cubic Fluorite With Phantoms - Yaogangxian Mine

This is a gorgeous cluster of cubic fluorite with small pyrite crystals that formed over a quartz crystal encrusted matrix. The fluorite crystals have multiple phantoms within each crystal, with a prominent purple phantom about 1/8" from each crystal face and a light blue phantom between the exterior and purple phantom. This cluster was collected from the Yaogangxian Mine in the Hunan Province of China.

Under short wave and long wave UV, these crystals fluoresce a vibrant purple color.

Fluorite is a halide mineral comprised of calcium and fluorine, CaF2. The word fluorite is from the Latin fluo-, which means "to flow". In 1852 fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon known as fluorescence, or the property of fluorite to glow a different color depending upon the bandwidth of the ultraviolet light it is exposed to. Fluorite occurs commonly in cubic, octahedral and dodecahedral crystals in many different colors. These colors range from colorless and completely transparent to yellow, green, blue, purple, pink or black. Purples and greens tend to be the most common colors seen.

The mineral pyrite or iron pyrite is commonly referred to as Fool's Gold because its metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold. In the old mining days, pyrite was sometimes mistaken for gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals with the chemical formula FeS2. Pyrite crystals occur in many shapes and habits, including cubes of all sizes, penetration twin cubes, pyritohedral clusters and as small druzy crystals that can exhibit a beautiful glistening effect.


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SPECIES
Fluorite, Pyrite & Quartz
LOCATION
Yaogangxian Mine, Nanling Mountains, Hunan Province, China
SIZE
1.4 x 1.3"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#148196